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Our Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an article today on lousy cooks with some pretty interesting kitchen disaster stories. I personally know you don't have to be cooking-challenged to have a cooking disaster under your belt. Case in point,I made muffins last month while having a great conversation on the phone with a friend. Turns out I forgot to add sugar to my muffins. Even slathered with jelly, I couldn't get anyone to eat them. Tell us about your kitchen bloopers.
This seemed to fit the bill....
The absolute worst kitchen disaster actually happened not because of me, but because of my then dearly beloved husband, way back in the 60's when we were on assignment in New Jersey. It was in the fall of the year and the commissary had apple cider in big glass jugs on sale, along with pumpkins and Indian corn... We bought three or four jugs, and my hubby had the brilliant idea that we could make hard cider. Just add a little yeast, let it sit and ferment and we'd have a jolly old time. The results were outstanding, so he decided to go for the remaining jugs, and added a little more yeast this time. We left the jugs sitting on the kitchen counter and went for a ride into the lovely county-side, looking at the leaves turning colors.
We arrived home two hours later, looking forward to some yummy cider, but found instead a kitchen full of apple juice everywhere, and ten thousand splinters of glass, imbedded in the wooden cabinets, the ceiling, all over the floor, even hanging onto the kitchen curtains. He had inadvertenly tightened the caps of the jugs, and the fermentation caused the glass jugs to explode. When we moved six months later, we were still finding slivers of glass.....
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Good Morning Wendy!
I'm notorious for making a mess! I have very tall cabinets and have to use a stool to reach the top. I had placed a plastic bag full of bread flour on an upper shelf and of course I needed something that was behind it. Too lazy to climb to the floor I leaned very close to the floor and dropped the bag of flour.
Of course you KNOW that bag split & flour went POOF!
<shakes head> I swear I'll never learn!
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I once made (about 8 yr ago) what I thought was a delicious Tuna Casserole and when I asked my Husband if he thought it was good too (tactful man that he is!)
He quietly stated Yes "But I like it with Tuna in it much better"I HAD FORGOTTEN THE TUNA .
He had eaten his whole portion and never said a word... I have never lived it down either!
To this day if I make a Tuna casserole I know I will always get the smug comment-"Did you put Tuna in it?? "Alliea
AllieaWhen I asked my DS what was the worst thing I ever cooked he blurted out that GOURD!
Ho ho ha hee hee! Oh my, your story caused me to wonder what sort of "delectable delight" you could concoct with the skunk gourds that grow out back. They have the most beautiful, large, deep yellow, trumpet shaped blossoms with very big, triangular shaped leaves and an odor that reminds you, every time their scent drifts your way, of how they obtained their name.
Hm, uh, blushing, I, uh, did leave the eggs out of a pecan pie and we had to eat it with a spoon as though it were soup.
red_savage1wonder what sort of "delectable delight" you could concoct with the skunk gourds that grow out back.
Just don't give them to your MIL- not the most endearing thing I have ever done for her.
.LOL@ your deep dish Pecan "Soup" YUM
My kitchen blooper happened when I ran out of milk for my poteca cake recipe. I told my husband that there was canned milk in the pantry and he brought out the sweeten condensed milk. It was too late to make a new batch of filling and I had no idea what it would taste like. The filling was gross and too sweet! My in-laws couldn't understand why my recipe had been put in the Christmas issue of TOH and in the Christmas cookbook. From now on I get my own evaporated milk when I'm out of regular milk from the pantry.
I made a big batch of peanut butter cookies and had several panfuls baked when son came in and asked to taste them and commented how salty they were. Then it dawned on me that I had used salt to dip the glass in when I was pressing them out. At least I didn't have to throw the whole batch out. It pays to have some little tasters come in and ask for something to eat.
I really hate mess. That's really awful. I cant imagine that.
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Back in 2003 or 2004, Taste of Home had an issue with beautiful cookies gracing the cover. One of the cookies was a chocolate thumbprint with a mint frosting filling.
We had recently been transferred to Scott AFB in Illinois and in transit, a lot of the labels had fallen off my canisters. Thinking I reached into my pantry for the powdered sugar, I got the shock of my life when I bit into a cookie and found out I had grabbed the corn starch instead.
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